‘Fastest Strike’ Brings Bowling Awareness to the Masses

by Bob Johnson 0

Jason Belmonte teamed with NASCAR star Aric Almirola to unleash what’s being described as “the fastest strike in the sport of bowling.”

With Almirola driving Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 Go Bowling! Ford Mustang, Belmonte took aim at the 10 pins that were set on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s start/finish line and delivered what can only be described as a thunderous strike.

“That was easily one of the most fantastic strikes I have delivered in my bowling career,” said Belmonte, who used a specially designed Storm ball to blast the pins. “I’ve had the chance to ride with Aric before, and I put my total trust in his ability to get me perfectly lined up for the shot.”

Almirola said delivering a strike while going 140 miles per hour is not exactly easy without the right equipment.

“If you need a strike, it helps to have one of the all-time great bowlers in the seat next to you,” Almirola said. “I know Jason is a two-hander, but I think the No. 10 Go Bowling! Ford probably generates a little more power. It was a great challenge, and I can’t tell you how much fun it was to team up for that strike.”

Almirola is in his second year with Stewart-Haas Racing and eighth year competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He met Belmonte at the Go Bowling! at The Glen race at Watkins Glen International in 2018. Belmonte served as the PBA ambassador at the race.

The two met again in early 2019, joining forces for the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Presented by Go Bowling! in January. At that event, Belmonte brought up the idea of attempting the world’s fastest strike.

With GoBowling.com, Smithfield (the primary sponsor of the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Hass Racing) and Storm Bowling (the ball company that sponsors Belmonte), the wheels were put into motion.

Stewart-Haas Racing provided the specially wrapped and outfitted Mustang to safely accommodate Belmonte for the attempt. Storm produced 12 “Pro Motion” rock-solid bowling balls to withstand the 140-mph launch from the racecar, and Go Bowling! provided the branded pins for the attempt on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Course, which will host the Sept. 29 Bank of America ROVAL 400 this Sunday.

“GoBowling.com was excited to team with Aric, Jason, Stewart-Haas Racing and Storm Bowling on this amazing feat,” said John Harbuck, President of Strike Ten Entertainment. “Our partnerships in the racing world have been very effective as we seek to put bowling in front of consumers. I’m certain the video of the world’s fastest strike will give us even further reach.”

The parties met Sept. 4 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the pins were set up at the start/finish line and the No. 10 Go Bowling! Ford Mustang started its run halfway around the road course to get enough speed for the attempt.

While the first few attempts were a little off-target, Belmonte showed he can read any lane condition — even a road course lane — and struck on the fifth attempt from his passenger seat.

To watch the video detailing the performance, including the strike, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYwI8jAtRRU.

We’ll have much more on the event, including photos, in the November issue of BCM. And to relive four other “fast strikes” recorded on Jan. 6, 1964, be sure to read Jake Schmidt’s “Yesteryear” column in the October issue of BJI.

‘Fastest Strike’ Brings Bowling Awareness to the Masses

Jason Belmonte teamed with NASCAR star Aric Almirola to unleash what’s being described as “the fastest strike in the sport of bowling.”

With Almirola driving Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 Go Bowling! Ford Mustang, Belmonte took aim at the 10 pins that were set on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s start/finish line and delivered what can only be described as a thunderous strike.

“That was easily one of the most fantastic strikes I have delivered in my bowling career,” said Belmonte, who used a specially designed Storm ball to blast the pins. “I’ve had the chance to ride with Aric before, and I put my total trust in his ability to get me perfectly lined up for the shot.”

Almirola said delivering a strike while going 140 miles per hour is not exactly easy without the right equipment.

“If you need a strike, it helps to have one of the all-time great bowlers in the seat next to you,” Almirola said. “I know Jason is a two-hander, but I think the No. 10 Go Bowling! Ford probably generates a little more power. It was a great challenge, and I can’t tell you how much fun it was to team up for that strike.”

Almirola is in his second year with Stewart-Haas Racing and eighth year competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He met Belmonte at the Go Bowling! at The Glen race at Watkins Glen International in 2018. Belmonte served as the PBA ambassador at the race.

The two met again in early 2019, joining forces for the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Presented by Go Bowling! in January. At that event, Belmonte brought up the idea of attempting the world’s fastest strike.

With GoBowling.com, Smithfield (the primary sponsor of the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Hass Racing) and Storm Bowling (the ball company that sponsors Belmonte), the wheels were put into motion.

Stewart-Haas Racing provided the specially wrapped and outfitted Mustang to safely accommodate Belmonte for the attempt. Storm produced 12 “Pro Motion” rock-solid bowling balls to withstand the 140-mph launch from the racecar, and Go Bowling! provided the branded pins for the attempt on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Course, which will host the Sept. 29 Bank of America ROVAL 400 this Sunday.

“GoBowling.com was excited to team with Aric, Jason, Stewart-Haas Racing and Storm Bowling on this amazing feat,” said John Harbuck, President of Strike Ten Entertainment. “Our partnerships in the racing world have been very effective as we seek to put bowling in front of consumers. I’m certain the video of the world’s fastest strike will give us even further reach.”

The parties met Sept. 4 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the pins were set up at the start/finish line and the No. 10 Go Bowling! Ford Mustang started its run halfway around the road course to get enough speed for the attempt.

While the first few attempts were a little off-target, Belmonte showed he can read any lane condition — even a road course lane — and struck on the fifth attempt from his passenger seat.

To watch the video detailing the performance, including the strike, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYwI8jAtRRU.

We’ll have much more on the event, including photos, in the November issue of BCM. And to relive four other “fast strikes” recorded on Jan. 6, 1964, be sure to read Jake Schmidt’s “Yesteryear” column in the October issue of BJI.

 

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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